The regional planning workshop for the Citizen Voices for Change project took place in Libreville, Gabon from 14-16 January 2020, bringing together partner project managers from Gabon, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic (CAR).
Project partners from across the sub-region presented the challenges of forest governance in their respective countries, the results of project actions and how they have contributed to creating change in the field of independent forest monitoring (IM) in their countries. Further discussions took place regarding project results and the identification of priorities for the remainder of the project, which has now entered its final year.
The focus of day two centred on questions of quality when it comes to independent forest monitoring and how to improve it. Discussions were guided by technical partners FLAG, CIDT, WRI and FODER. This discussion culminated in a detailed and in-depth exchange between partners regarding the different national priorities in forest governance and how to better address the challenges of this sector in 2020.
The final day of the workshop addressed project visibility and the promotion and dissemination of successes and lessons learnt. A dedicated technical session facilitated by Conservation Justice discussed how to create synergies between Independent Forest Monitoring and Independent Observation of Wildlife in the region, through the replication of the model used on their ALEFI project around illegal logging.